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Old 01-05-2008, 01:59 PM   #11
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Yeah I've seen some people make Vanilla Sugar. You just use the inside of the bean to flavor a dessert and then you put the bean in with container of sugar for like a week. The vanilla will penetrate the sugar and flavor it.

As for ordering the beans. I just checked out Penzey. So those are good vanilla beans they send? They are nice and plump, long, and not brittle? I think I might try them.

How are costco's beans? I'm guessing they are not top quality but I could be wrong...anyone know of the quality on those beans?

Thanks everyone for all your help so far...
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Old 01-05-2008, 04:21 PM   #12
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I picked up some Vanilla Beans at World Market over the Holiday's when I realized my stash had turned into elongated bricks. I was very happy with 'em. BTW, I've been making vanilla sugar with the beans for years.
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Old 01-05-2008, 06:26 PM   #13
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I'd like to try the vanilla sugar too. I've been using the Adams Extract stuff for years but I'd like something new and tasty this time around. What would be the conversion for vanilla sugar if the recipe asks for 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract?
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Old 01-06-2008, 09:50 AM   #14
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I don't use vanilla sugar as a substitute for vanilla extract. I use vanilla sugar for things like coffee, simple syrup, cinnamon sugar, sub for regular sugar in baking recipes for another layer of flavor, etc.
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Old 01-09-2008, 01:10 PM   #15
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Thanks for the tips PytnPlace. I will get my vanilla sugar going here.
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Old 01-09-2008, 05:25 PM   #16
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I always buy my vanilla online. The local store charges $15 for 2 dried out beans! I have bought from a handful of online stores, but have found the best quality beans come from a company called Beanilla Trading Company. You can find them online at LINK REMOVED. They have several types of vanilla beans, and other vanilla products too! Happy cooking!
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Old 01-09-2008, 11:57 PM   #17
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If you ever travel to Mexico, don't go back home without some vanilla. The vanilla here is absolutely wonderful. But don't buy it at some souvenir shop/tourist trap - just go to a grocery store. I use a brand called Orlando, which is aged and organically grown. I pay the equivalent of about $3 for 250 ml. Makes everything I bake taste better.
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Old 01-10-2008, 09:46 AM   #18
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That sounds wonderful! If I ever make it to Mexico, Tahiti, or Madagascar, I would love to visit a vanilla farm! As for now, I will have to settle for what I can purchase online!
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Old 01-10-2008, 10:36 AM   #19
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I use La Pura vanilla extract. I've never tried using the bean itself. Maybe I'll stop by World Market and try some after reading this thread.
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Old 01-10-2008, 11:05 AM   #20
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If you ever travel to Mexico, don't go back home without some vanilla. The vanilla here is absolutely wonderful. But don't buy it at some souvenir shop/tourist trap - just go to a grocery store. I use a brand called Orlando, which is aged and organically grown. I pay the equivalent of about $3 for 250 ml. Makes everything I bake taste better.
my mother used to get vanilla from Mexico to make her pies for the restaurant with. It was better and much cheaper!!! When ever someone was going down we knew they would bring back bottles of the stuff.. This was prior to the internet. Now I imagine you can just order it.
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